Benin, 8 April 2021 – Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire says, “the theme for 2021 World Health Day theme-building a fairer, more healthy world for each person now no longer finest opens conversations on many sides of inequities at some level of the health sector globally, but additionally within our beget national health system, from Federal, Assert to Local Governments.
The minister made the commentary at some level of a Press briefing to impress the 2021 World Health Day (WHD), neatly-known digital and bodily with ceremonies held concurrently in Benin City, Edo Assert and on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Abuja on 07 April 2021.
In Edo Assert, the Minister of Health Dr Ehanire within the firm of Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, the WHO Nation Representative (WR) to Nigeria, acknowledged the theme has set the challenges of inequalities of entry to healthcare companies and products on the worldwide agenda and likewise reminds each person that entry to healthcare is no longer any longer to be taken as a privilege but as a human factual.
He noticed extra that even if the year has been a extremely spirited one for global health, with the abilities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has badly affected the health systems and economies of all worldwide locations, it opened all eyes to the urgency of expanding and bettering now no longer finest public health security but additionally well-liked healthcare.
“We’ve found ourselves caught in a flee with valuable worldwide locations for mundane items like face masks and different protective equipment, but additionally now, for entry to vaccines and commodities to safeguard our other folks. We did the finest doubtless and were ready to ameliorate the deficits and make certain provides to health staff. It’s distinct to all nonetheless that none of us anyplace within the enviornment is safe till each person appears to be.
In accordance to him, whereas the impact of the outbreak has yielded a much stronger public health laboratory capability for the nation, it also teaches that the job of making a better and stronger health sector and financial system requires the collaborative effort of both the federal government at all degree, the non-public sector and other folks.
In his remarks, the WR recommended the federal government of Edo articulate, the Ministry of Health for celebrating the day at both areas despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation.
Presenting the message of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti at some level of the presser, Dr Mulombo acknowledged ‘the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a steady on inequalities between worldwide locations and as such, WHO, this year, is calling on each person to possess half in building a fairer, more healthy world.”
He extra neatly-known that amid shortages of needed provides, “African worldwide locations, including Nigeria, had been pushed to the support of the queue in accessing COVID-19 take a look at kits, non-public protective equipment and now vaccines. Of 548 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered worldwide, finest 11 million or 2%, had been in Africa, whereas the continent accounts for spherical 17% of the worldwide inhabitants.”
Assuring the federal government of WHO’s continuous strengthen in ensuring that Nigerians can impress the factual to factual health, he known as on the federal government, partners, civil society, communities, and different stakeholders to intensify work with WHO to produce Universal Health Protection.
Meanwhile, in Abuja, the day started with a commemorative Health Stroll, coordinated by the FMOH in collaboration with WHO and different health partners. In attendance were health staff, journalist, stakeholders working within the field and some participants of the general public.
Addressing the gathering on the FMOH car park after the mosey, the minister of Assert for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora acknowledged Nigeria joined the enviornment to beget a honest time the day in cohesion with the WHO constitution to enduring that folk in all areas beget entry to quality health companies and products.
He reiterated that despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health sector, the Federal Government will now no longer proceed in its dedication to ensuring that all Nigerians, regardless of their region beget equal entry to quality health companies and products.
The minister of Assert concluded that, “We like to congratulate WHO for weathering the storm in most modern instances and for a style of years of offering normative guidance and technical strengthen. The enviornment owes WHO special observe of gratitude.
Each and every year, WHO selects a theme highlighting a precedence set of living of public health. The theme for this year’s global health consciousness day ‘Constructing a fairer, more healthy world’ highlights WHO’s constitutional theory that “the enjoyment of the very best doable well-liked of health is undoubtedly among the elemental rights of each and every human being without distinction of flee, faith, political belief, financial or social situation.
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